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Woodstock Towers/ Edinburg

A Level Hike - Geo.Washington National Forest

This summer hike is a 12 mile ridge walk along the Massanutten Trail. We will start near Woodstock Towers with its commanding view of the town of Woodstock and the Shenandoah River and proceed to an equally gorgeous view of the town of Edinburg near the Bear Trap Trail. After lunch on a rocky outpost, we will return to Woodstock Towers where, hopefully, we will watch hangliders launch as we cool down at the end of the hike. Since this hike is mostly ridge walking on the top of Powell Mountain, there will be minimal elevation gain.

Leader: Gene Vivalda[masked](H)

Car Pool Fee: $12.00


Hike rating is based on both the linear distance and elevation change with 400 feet of climbing considered equivalent to 1 mile linear distance. The ratings are:
A=Difficult (greater than 13 miles)
B=Moderately Difficult (10-13 miles)
C=Moderate (7-10 miles)
D=Easy (less than 7 miles)

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  • Drew H

    Sont know if i can go or not tomorrow but was wondering for future day hikes: what are essentials that i should bring or buy based upon your experience?

    I have waterproof hiking boots, hiking socks, polyester (athletic) shirts, sunscreen,bug spray, hiking hat, first aid supplies, multi-tool knife, camelback style water pouch, multiple cell phone batteries

    Id need to get:
    Hiking pants
    Dedicated hiking backpack(not certain about size - whats a good size for day hikes)
    Hiking poles - hudson trail recommended a black diamond model i liked
    lightweight raincoat Am i missing anything? And/or is there anything that i dont need from list above?

    Thank you!

    August 16, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      You seem to have it covered...bring a lunch and 3 liters of water ....your backpack ..get a day hike backpack into which all your stuff mentioned above will fit

      August 16, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      I have had really good luck with poles from Walmart. i have had expensive ones and I like there just as much and they are light.

      August 18, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Sorry. I cant make it.

    August 17, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Sorry! Partner's flight is too late to make this after all.

    August 16, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    We should be done with the hike by 3 PM and back to the commuter lot by 4:30 PM

    August 14, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    About what time do you think we would be done with the hike?

    August 14, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    The hike is mainly a ridge walk.
    There are no significant climbs....if you are an experienced "A" hiker....but the trail follows a ridge... up and down.... so there is elevation gain. This is a good hike for the month of August...we are on a ridge, there is significant mileage, and hopefully the temperature will be 10 degrees lower than the city. Be forewarned ...this is not a stroll in the city and requires stamina and endurance.

    July 22, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Looking forward to it

    1 · June 26, 2013

  • Gail H.

    If it is minimal elevation change and 12 miles, why isn't it rated a B?

    June 20, 2013

    • David C.

      @Gail - even though there are no significant climbs, you will still have elevation gain to push it into 'A' category. While we try to follow the criteria for hike ratings, this is not a hard rule and is also based on the experience of the hike leader. Hope that helps.

      June 21, 2013

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Mc Lean, VA

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